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LtWashburn
Joined: 21 Apr 2016, 17:21

21 Apr 2016, 17:21 #1

Hey feek61,

I've been watching and reading all the stuff you've been doing both personally and with ST: Continues for awhile, and thought I'd finally chime in.  First, I'm just very impressed with all the knowledge and research you've done as well as applying it to actual recreations.  It's cool to learn about all the little things I hadn't noticed or thought of before.  I had some questions I was curious about though, if you don't mind.  They're kind of random...

You're obviously a huge TOS fan, but are you also a fan of the movie era or later series?
I know some of the STC sets are inherited from Farragut, but diid you consult or help on those older elements?
How accurate are the older elements compared to the newer stuff, like engineering?
I'm curious, in general, whether certain set decorations are originals or reproductions, like Kirk's art pieces in his quarters.  I've on occasion looked for these items and could never find any.
When are you planning on finishing the bridge?
Is the show filmed in 16:9 and soft-matted to 4:3?
I've seen some cool computer models of the sets that overlayed wireframes on reference images to ensure accurate models.  When you are blueprinting sets, do you do this, or work it out mostly by eye?
Given the authenticity of how STC is produced, down to the music even...have you guys ever considered filiming a real Enterprise miniature?   I've always wanted to see a studio scale replica of the 11 foot Enterprise, and if there was ever a project that would merit such a undertaking, it's something like this.
Any thought to somehow replicating the planet set?  It was such a major element on the show, it would be amazing if there was a way.  I thought maybe it could me done outside, at night, if enough suitable lights could be found.  Or in daylight, post-processed to look like studio lighting.
What does an episode's production schedule look like compared to the real show?  I've been reading through the These Are The Voyages books, and it's really interesting.to see the daily to monthly production of episodes.  I'm still curious about the nitty gritty details on the effects work...I'd love to see a detailed breakdown of how the Corbomite Manuever took five months to get completed, for instance.  I have the Datin book but that's only part of the picture.

That's enough for now, feel free to ignore this post if it's too nosy. 😃
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feek61
Joined: 29 Apr 2007, 15:38

24 Apr 2016, 02:31 #2

Thanks for the questions. Here are my replies:
You're obviously a huge TOS fan, but are you also a fan of the movie era or later series?
Not so much the movies but I do like the mid to later seasons of TNG and believe it or not; I love Enterprise

I know some of the STC sets are inherited from Farragut, but did you consult or help on those older elements?
How accurate are the older elements compared to the newer stuff, like engineering?

I had little to do with the initial sets. I did the Auxiliary Control Room set and added elements to the existing set to make them more accurate. I did the tri-ladder alcove, the conduit on the beams in the corridor, various wall mounts (the lighted ones), the working computer in the transporter, etc.  The older elements certainly had problems regarding accuracy which I immediately saw the first time on the set. My observations and suggestions were not received well by my predecessor at Farragut but ulitmately we were able (and continue to) correct many of the problems with the Farragut sets now that we have full control.  Prior to STC purchasing the sets it was VERY difficult to get anything done due to the Farragut management. These days as STC art director I am free to do whatever I want at the studio including of course building new sets like the engine room and new sets that will be seen in our forth-coming episodes later this year.

I'm curious, in general, whether certain set decorations are originals or reproductions, like Kirk's art pieces in his quarters. I've on occasion looked for these items and could never find any.
They pretty much are all reproductions; many of which are 3-D printed

When are you planning on finishing the bridge?
Working on it as budget, scheduling and script requirements dictate. We have one full station and one half station plus the viewing screen sections to finish so it's not too much more.

Is the show filmed in 16:9 and soft-matted to 4:3?
Yes

I've seen some cool computer models of the sets that overlayed wireframes on reference images to ensure accurate models. When you are blueprinting sets, do you do this, or work it out mostly by eye?
Completely old school; by hour after hour of hard work, extrapolation and logic. Over a period of years I have managed to create a database of known sizes of many elements so comparing those known sizes with adjacent items gives a good idea of sizes. It actually gets easier and easier each project.

Given the authenticity of how STC is produced, down to the music even...have you guys ever considered filiming a real Enterprise miniature?
No, that would be prohibitively expensive for us. Even movies with huge budgets use CGI. Unfortunately filming with miniatures in virtually a dead art these days and I don't see that trend changing.

Any thought to somehow replicating the planet set?
We are working on the planet set now which is inside at our Stage 9 studio. Having in the studio allows us to control lighting, sound and of course we don't have to deal with weather. We are so limited by volunteers schedules that we only film a few weeks a year and if the weather didn't cooperate while filming outside; we would be in big trouble.

What does an episode's production schedule look like compared to the real show?
Surprisingly similar. The original show was scheduled to be shot in 6 days (but many were more) and we typically shoot 1 1/2 episodes in 10 days.

I'm still curious about the nitty gritty details on the effects work
I too am interested in every aspect of the production of the original series. Unfortunately, the Cushman books have many errors in them. I am lucky enough to have a large majority of the original documents (copies) so it is quite interesting to read. If you are interested in production of the original show; check out this site which is EXTREMELY accurate and based on original docuements:

http://startrekfactcheck.blogspot.com/

I hope that was helpful!
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LtWashburn
Joined: 21 Apr 2016, 17:21

24 Apr 2016, 08:09 #3

Thanks for the answers! That's cool about the planet set; I didn't realize you had enough studio space to do that.

About the models, I'm well aware of regular film and television work, but I always thought it was bad timing that CG took over right at the time digital cinema was arriving as the cost savings in immediately having assurance the shots looked good and could enter the effects piepline could have helped models stick around a bit longer before CG took over.
I've always been very interested in this. First with TNG editing and compositing on video, then when DS9 first started majorly replacing all model work with CG, and later, Enterprise started filming digitally. I wondered what that did to their production realities because it finally eliminated all traces of film and they had instant dailies to check their shots, no lab work or telecine delays before editing or effects work, etc.

I differ a little with you on whether a fan production could do this. I think that the model construction itself could be economical because there are excellent modelmaker enthusiasts that would contribute for free, most likely. But filming needn't be too involved, with a bluescreen setup and existing camera equipment. A motion control rig is only necessary when doing multiple passes, which they didn't do on TOS. After that, it goes back to the computer for pulling mattes and compositing backgrounds. Of course, I'm mainly interested in this as an exercise in nostalgia, rather than how practical it would be.

Anyway, thanks for the insights.
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